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"Shoshannah Brombacher: I Have Sukkah on Both Sides of the Ocean"
2004-09-12 until 2004-10-30
Riverdale Temple Gallery
USA United States of America
The Gallery at the Riverdale Temple in the Bronx is exhibiting works on bith canvas and paper by Shoshannah Brombacher in "I Have Sukkah on Both Sides of the Ocean". Classical music, poetry, Jewish and Chassidic stories, traveling, the love for people and memories of era's gone but not forgotten, and of the cities where theh artist lived and worked: Amsterdam, Berlin, Jerusalem, New York form the main ingredients of Brombacher's art.
From the artist's statement:
My art is like the water of the canals of my native Amsterdam, the city of Rembrandt: the deeper you look into it, the more you see. A reflection of a reflection of a reflection...look, what you see is not what you see.
My art is not complete without texts, letters, it is writing come alive. It reflects my connections with the Dutch 17th century Masters, with German expressionism, with Russian art and with medieval miniatures. I was so fortunate to have an academic career before I became a full time artist. I studied Ancient Middle Eastern languages and Hebrew literature (especially medieval poetry) and codicology in Leyden (Holland), and I lectured at the Free University of Berlin before I came to New York. I came into close contact with old manuscripts, e.g. in the Jewish Museum of Amsterdam, and with more modern Hebrew and Yiddish books of the famous book collector Dr U. Von Kritter in Bad Homburg (Germany). This provided me with a good background to delve into the many interesting Jewish themes you find in my artistic work.
My art is also a tribute to the world of the great Chassidic masters of Eastern Europe, the world of the shtetl that lives on in many stories. The Kotzker Rebbe listened to a storyteller in the street and stated:
"He told what he wanted and I heard what I needed."
That is Art.
Shoshannah Brombacher has been a Premiere Portfolio at absolutearts.com since 2002. View more work at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/s/shoshannah/
The Snoge Of Amsterdam
18 x 24 inches